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John R. Vermillion, ATTORNEY - Asset Protection & Business Planning Lawyer - Dallas, Texas

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John R. Vermillion


Tell Me About Your Firm, Who You Are Advocating For And Who Your Target Audience Is?

We have a rather broad target audience; we are advocating for people to plan their estates in advance to avoid problems we hope don’t occur and that could involve family disputes, unnecessarily paying estate taxes, planning for long term care needs and incapacity planning as well as special needs planning.

So that covers a broad range. Most of the time, we are dealing with people who are families with children, maybe in their middle age and are considering ways to distribute their estate. So, I guess that would be our target. But we have young clients and old clients and single clients and everything in between. So we’re, I guess, targeting people that have assets that need to determine how to distribute them and protect them and take care of their families. I guess it’s pretty broad. But that’s kind of where we are.

What Problems Do You Solve For Your Clients?

First of all, we want to keep our clients out of the courtroom; at the time of incapacity, we do not want them to have to go through a guardianship. At the time of death, we do not want their estate to go through a probate. Now sometimes those legal procedures are necessary, but we are hoping to avoid them. We also like to retain privacy, assets that go through probate are available to the public. So, we would prefer to do everything in private with the documents that we can use, like powers of attorney trust, etc.

What Do You Do For Your Clients? Why DO You Do It?

Like I said, that the planning process involves personal contact and personal interfacing with our clients and we think that’s very important. Sometimes in larger firms, the clients don’t even meet the lead attorney or sometimes they do at the initial phases of it, but that’s it. So, we try to, in our small firm, be hands on with our clients so that we’re with them at all times and they have access to the attorney at all times, obviously, with proper appointment setting, and so on and so forth. But we’re trying to help our clients avoid these problems and we also try to be personally involved with doing it rather than just shoving it off to a clerk or a paralegal.

Why Did You Decide To Become An Attorney?

I don’t have a very good answer for that one. I just didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was in college. So I said, I think I’ll go to law school. I was always more business, I mean, that’s really what I thought. But I was really more business oriented and I spent the early part of my career in the oil business first working for major oil companies and independent oil companies and then lastly, for my father, who had an independent oil company. I was the vice president and counsel of his firm and on the board of directors. That company was sold and I did something else for 3 years and when the business that I had created sold, I had an opportunity to do some work for an estate planning group that was nationwide. Although I had not at that time in 1996, done estate planning, I jumped in with both feet and started doing that and then the firm just grew from that. As a result of that connection, I’m licensed in 4 states, my original state of Bar membership was Louisiana, but then I qualified in Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and still retain those memberships to this day.
So, since 1997, end of 96, beginning of 97, I’ve been a 100% estate planning attorney. I would say to anybody that life goes sometimes in a zigzag and you don’t know where you’re going to end up. But my legal education and experience led me to an area that I didn’t anticipate but I enjoy thoroughly.


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Jennifer C. Vermillion


Jennifer C. Vermillion is actively licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, the state of Louisiana, in the US District Court of the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and before the Supreme Court of the United States. She practices primarily in the areas of probate, trust administration, estate planning, elder law, veterans affairs, and serves as an ad litem attorney in the Dallas County Probate and District Tax Courts. While attending SMU, Jennifer completed an externship with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Association where she has served as a Chair of the Legal Line Committee and Chair of the Pro Bono Activities Committee. Jennifer also has served as volunteer attorney for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.

Jennifer has taught as an Affiliate Professor at the UNT Dallas College of Law and from 2018 to the present she has collaborated with Lexis Nexis as an author/editor for the probate volume of the Dorsaneo Texas Litigation Guide.

Jennifer also serves as a private arbitrator for FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Services and has served as both consulting and a testifying expert witness on Louisiana law in Texas probate litigation.

Jennifer has been recognized with the following awards:
  • 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star Selectee
  • Texas Monthly’s Top Women of Rising Stars 2022
  • 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star Selectee
  • Texas Monthly’s Top Women of Rising Stars 2021
  • 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star Selectee
  • Texas Monthly’s Top Women of Rising Stars 2020
  • 2019 Super Lawyers Rising Stars Selectee
  • Texas Monthly’s Outstanding Young Women’s Lawyers of 2018
  • Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Stars Selectee
  • Lawyers of Distinction Charter Member
  • National Advocates Top 40 under 40
  • Member of the Texas Bar College
  • Noted as “DVAP’S Finest” Dallas Bar Associations November, 2013 issue of Headnotes
    – Honorable mention in the Dallas Bar Association’s monthly publication recognizing service and volunteer work with the
  • Guest Speaker at THYCA Conference (Fall 2010)
    – Topic – Estate Planning for the Living
  • Guest Speaker on Client Perspective November 19, 2013
    – Meeting of the Dallas Bar Association Community Service Fund Board of Directors
    – Presented on volunteer work and cases managed through DVAP
  • Guest Speaker for the National Business Institute June 10, 2016
    – Presented two hour lecture and discussion on Probate inventories, homestead rights and creditor issues.
  • Guest Speaker for the DBA Community Service Fund Board Meeting (January 26, 2017)
    – Presented the Client Perspective relating pro bono experiences as a volunteer attorney through DVAP.
  • CLE Presenter for the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (April 20, 2021)
    – “What To Expect After An Unexpected Death”
  • Chair of the State Bar/Access To Justice Liaison Subcommittee (January 2017 – Dec. 2017)
  • Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Legal Line Committee (January 2014-Dec. 2018)
  • Treasurer of the Dallas Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Section (January 2014- Dec. 2014)
  • Member of the Dallas Bar Associations Juvenile Justice Committee (January 2015- Dec. 2015)
  • Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Community Involvement Committee (January 2014-Dec. 2015)
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys – Member of the Trust Section Steering Committee (2018-2021)

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